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that is as far as I can go in directing a minister on how the minister answers a question. If you are not satisfied with the answer to the question, you have means of pursuing that. A supplementary question, Ms Berry.
MS BERRY: Chief Minister, how important is it to provide this water service to the Canberra community through the dam expansion?
MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, could you repeat the question please, Ms Berry?
MS BERRY: How important is it to provide this water service to the Canberra community through the dam expansion, the Canberra dam?
Mr Hanson: The Cotter Dam.
MS BERRY: Yes, the Cotter Dam.
MS GALLAGHER: This is a very important component of the ACT’s water security projects. The enlarged Cotter Dam extended the existing Cotter Dam from four gigalitres to 78 gigalitres. It will secure water security for the Canberra region for the near future and has been a very important, if not, I would say, critical, part of the water expansion programs that this government has been undertaking over the past five to six years.
ACTEW Corporation Ltd—executive remuneration
MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. I refer to the Auditor-General’s report into the disclosure of remuneration of executives of ACTEW Corporation. The Auditor-General found:
ACTEW should be required to include information provided in remuneration tables in its annual report in its financial statements so that it is audited by the Auditor-General.
Deputy Chief Minister, why has ACTEW not included the information provided in its remuneration tables in its annual report in its financial statements so it can indeed be audited by the Auditor-General?
MR BARR: They are audited by the Auditor-General, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Deputy Chief Minister, what other information in addition to not including the remuneration in the financial statements has not been provided in the ACTEW annual report and has not been audited by the Auditor-General?
MR BARR: It is one of those questions that one is tempted to give a Donald Rumsfeld answer to—about “known knowns” and “known unknowns” and the like.
MADAM SPEAKER: But that may not be directly relevant, Mr Barr.